November 24, 2004
Local REALTOR Earns Seniors Specialist Designation
Local REALTOR Earns
Seniors Specialist Designation
Gwen Herbert, a Realtor
with Realty Executives in Escondido has been awarded the Seniors Real Estate
Specialist (SRES) professional designation by the Senior Advantage Real Estate
Council in Murphys, California.
Herbert, newly named Senior Real Estate Specialist
Seniors Real Estate
Specialists are trained to help seniors make wise decisions about selling the
family home, buying rental property, managing the capital options of owning real
estate, obtaining a reverse mortgage, moving to a senior community, and other
issues. By earning the SRES designation, Herbert has demonstrated that she has
the requisite knowledge, experience and expertise to be a seniors real estate
The Senior Advantage Real
Estate Council (SAREC) tracks the special issues and needs of senior property
owners and provides education to REALTORS who make seniors an important focus
of their business. The SRES designation was introduced in 1997 and is nationally
Herbert can be reached at
760-751-1857. More information about the council is available by calling
800-500-4564 or at their website: www.seniorsrealestate.com.
Ed Gallo not only topped the vote-getters in the recent city election but it
appears he may have set a record in doing so. With 20,186 votes (32.58% of the
total) Gallo’s office shows that he received the highest number of votes in any
contested election in Escondido’s history.
Escondido City Councilmember
Gallo received 20,186 votes or 32.58% of the total. Coming in second was Sam
Abed, with 14,536 votes (23.46). Abed edged out Tom D’Agosta, the incumbent
councilmember, who drew 13,912 (22.46).
Open House at the San
San Diego Archaeological Center will be open to the public during the famous San
Pasqual Battlefield Reenact-ment Day on Sunday, December 5, 2004. Center staff
will be conducting a preview of Project Archaeology, a national heritage
education program for educators and students.
Center has provided Project Archaeology programs to over 900 students in the
past two years. Public, private, charter and magnet school classes, scout troops
and home-schooled students have participated.
Visitors to the Center will have the chance to participate in a modified version
of Project Archaeology. After a short lesson in archaeology, each person can
excavate an artifact from a bin and complete a lab report.
Admission to the Center is free to the public with tours being offered by staff,
volunteers and board members. Visit the Center and Museum during regular
operating hours Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. For more information on this event:
firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (760) 291-0370
Girl Scout Collects 800
Lbs. of Donations for Humane Society
Breed, a member of Girl Scout Troop 8466 in Penasquitos, spent six months
collecting an estimated 800 pounds of donated food and supplies for the
Escondido Humane Society. She and her father recently delivered it all to the
collected 60 different kinds of donations, ranging from baby food to syringes to
hair dryers to horse shampoo. All together, there were several thousand
"Many people help us by donating goods," said Ina Shookoff, EHS director of
education, but this far exceeds anything I have seen in the nearly 10 years I've
been with EHS. Every department received significant amounts of goods; I felt
Christmas had arrived early."
said she was helped by her fellow scouts and by members of her church,
Penasquitos Lutheran. She is working toward becoming a Senior Girl Scout, the
highest level, and she has a lot of supporters at the Escondido Humane Society.
Breed and the 800+ lbs. of supplies she collected for EHS.
Bob Gray, Owner of
Discount Carpets, Dies
Well known businessman, Bob Gray, who owned Discount Carpets in San Marcos, died
at Palomar Hospital last Friday, November 12th.
Born in San Diego on May 21, 1941, Mr. Gray was 63 years of age at his passing.
He lived in Escondido. He is survived by a son, Sean B. L. Peck of Encinitas.
Mr. Gray’s inurnment took place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Escondido, next to his
Gray, dead at 63
Discount Carpets remains
open, now owned and operated by Mr. Gray’s son, Sean Peck. The number at the
store is 741.8359.
Tea and Taxes
Well known Valley Center
and San Marcos attorney, John Smylie, has scheduled an interesting seminar for
Saturday, December 11th, at the Valley Center Library. Titled “Tea and Taxes,”
the seminar will show members of the audience how to plan the proper trust(s)
that will allow them to take maximum advantage of the tax laws and reduce taxes
to the lowest amount required by law. Smylie, one of the area’s top tax and
estate planning attorneys, promises to share the trade secrets of the top tax
advisors of the nation to help arrange financial affairs in such a manner that
the most beneficial treatment legally possible is attained.
Seating is limited
so RSVP’s (or questions) should be called in to 727.4248.
Valley Center and San Marcos Attorney
Babes in Toyland Coming
The City of San Marcos’
Theatre West, Youth Theater will be presenting “Babes in Toyland” on December 2,
3, 4, & 5 (Thursday & Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, and
Sunday at 2:00 PM). A cast of 40 young actors from the North County area
will entertain audiences of all ages in this musical performance.
The performances will be
held in the Hearth Theater at the San Marcos Community Recreation Center, 3
Civic Center Drive, San Marcos. Tickets are $5.00 each for adults, children, or
Tickets are available in
advance and tickets may also be purchased at the door. Groups of 20 or more may
receive discount tickets by making advanced reservations. For further
information and reservations call 760-744-9000.
A Home for the
Holly (her real name)
invites you to the Escondido Humane Society Christmas Boutique Fundraiser, Dec.
4, 5 and 6, at the shelter. A really sweet and gentle two-year-old boxer mix,
Holly loves other dogs and belly rubs.
Holly - all dressed up. Will she have a place to go for the holly-days? Could be
up to you.
Society Holiday Boutique Fundraiser
Want your pet to be
photographed with Santa? Looking for special hand-crafted gifts for loved
ones? Hungry for delicious baked goodies?
You can get all that and
more at the Escondido Humane Society's Second Annual Holiday Boutique Fundraiser
on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3, 4 and 5, at the center, 3450 E. Valley
Parkway, Escondido. The times are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
"Proceeds from the sale
of all these items will benefit the society," said Phil Morgan, president and
CEO, "and we're hoping to raise several thousand dollars. It takes $25 a day to
house, feed and provide needed care for an animal, so the money we raise will go
a long way."
This year, the boutique
will feature 10 craftspeople selling their creations, said Morgan, plus animal
beds, toys, fancy collars and leashes, and many other pet-related gifts. There
will be raffles for special items, as well, he noted.
The pet photos with Santa
will be available Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4
p.m. They will be taken with a digital camera and printed for you in the
size you choose right after being taken. The donation for the photo is $10.
Founded in 1915, the
Escondido Humane Society advocates the elimination of animal abuse, pet
overpopulation and homelessness among companion animals and finds new homes for
surrendered, stray and abandoned animals.